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  • Smyle [Indie-Pop, 2015] A-
  • Light of Mine [Independently Popular/Atlantic, 2018] ***

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Smyle [Indie-Pop, 2015]
What's a fella need to do to catch a break around here? Fluent rapper, textured crooner, sings easier than most fluent rappers, hooks easier than most textured crooners. Frankly funny. Frankly horny. Of good cheer of good cheer of good cheer--vocal array highlights mildly mocking chuckle. Too middle-class, probably. But this kid was was raised with two sibs by a single mom and somebody should get him on the charts. Inspirational Shoutout: "Shout out to Jesus/I wanna thank Jesus one time/Shout out to my nigga Jesus on the couch knuwhatImsayin/Thanks to motherfuckin Jesus/Uh, shout out to my homey Jesus over there chillin yeah/Shout out to Jesus rollin that blunt/And shout out to [garbled] Jesus." A-

Light of Mine [Independently Popular/Atlantic, 2018]
Best innocent act in r&b, with girlish female cameos nailing two fetching numbers. ("Ikuyo," "Games") ***